FinTech Companies in the UK 2023
FinTech companies are making waves in the UK, especially with the growing popularity of blockchain tech, such as NFTs and cryptocurrency.
FinTech has entered popular parlance in recent years. An amalgamation of financial and technology, it refers to companies using technology to compete with traditional financial (TradFi) methods in delivering financial services.
Four main components make up the FinTech world:
• Artificial intelligence.
• Cloud computing.
• Big data
These components, often referred to as the ABCD, form the backbone of the industry.
Technological developments are constantly pushing the boundaries of FinTech in a never-ending move toward more financial inclusion.
The evolution of smartphones and their applications has seen a surge in the popularity and use of mobile banking, investing, lending, and various cryptocurrency services as the general population take more control over their financial future.
The industry consists of start-ups, traditional financial institutions, and technology companies, often all working together to enhance the customer experience and encourage financial intelligence.
FinTech companies UK
Investment in global FinTech has risen by more than 12,000% from $930 million in 2008 to over $121.6 billion today. Forecasters predict that by 2030 the global FinTech market is expected to reach $949 billion at an average growth rate of 17.2% per year.
FinTech companies UK represent the country's strongest start-up sector, consisting of more than 1,400 'high growth companies' and 20 unicorns (firms worth more than $1 billion). The industry attracts more venture capital than any other business raising some £21.9 billion so far, of which £7.4 billion came in the bumper year of 2021.
With a total market valuation of just over £11 billion, FinTech in the UK is big business.
As you might expect, 96% of all UK FinTech firms are based in London. Around 9% of companies were founded by a female boss. As of July 2022, the three top FinTech companies in the UK were:
Checkout.com was founded in 2012 and raised £1.36 billion through four equity rounds. Its core business is payment processing software development allowing businesses to pay in more than 150 currencies. Its innovative platform combines several separate payment technologies and covers every stage of the process. With on ramps including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, it is easy to see why it is the UK's largest FinTech company.
Following closely behind is the well-known brand Revolut, which services more than 18 million customers worldwide with financial services and digital banking through its popular mobile application.
Since launching in 2013, Revolut has raised some £1.27 billion in equity. In December 2021, the company was awarded a full banking licence from the European Central Bank, making Revolut one of the best well-known FinTech brands on the market today.
In third place is challenger bank Monzo, which is fully regulated by the FCA and PRA in the UK. Founded in 2015 and based in the City of London, Monzo help more than 6 million customers manage their financial well-being through its digital banking platform. Monzo is free to use, but with the Premium option (£15 per month), customers are eligible for free phone and travel insurance.
FinTech companies UK conclusion
Despite a global market slowdown in 2022, UK FinTech investment reached some $12.5 billion last year. It is easy to see why FinTech is held in such high regard in the UK.
Indeed, with over 2500 FinTech companies based in the country, the UK ranks as the third largest FinTech hub in the world.
Furthermore, around £3.6 trillion of foreign exchange trades are processed in London daily. This is more than the next four largest markets combined. When you add the fact that some 90,000 finance and insurance firms are based in the UK, it is obvious why the country remains top of the international finance industry.
According to a recent report by Deloitte, the UK FinTech industry is dominated by WealthTech and Payments. However, there are considered to be some 23 subsegments of the national ecosystem, making for an extremely varied and versatile industry.
As we can see from the examples above, growth in the space continues to be driven by high levels of investment, reaching some $11.6 billion in 2021, second only to the USA and counting for half of all European FinTech investments. As more and more people embrace the move away from traditional banking, the FinTech industry is predicted to double in value by 2030. If, as many expect, this forecast continues to materialise for FinTech companies UK, there has never been a more opportune time to be involved in this exciting industry.
Author: Brendan Beeken
Moni Talks Founder and Chairman Brendan Beeken is an entrepreneur, commercial strategist, investor, and philanthropist. He writes on a wide range of subjects, including cryptocurrency, decentralised finance, blockchain, business advice, and professional wellbeing, for news and business websites, as well as Latest Moni and his personal site, brendanbeeken.com. Brendan draws from his own research and more than two decades of personal experience in business to offer a unique insight, perspective, and commentary on diverse subjects. He is passionate about making the cryptocurrency space more accessible and encouraging safer and more responsible trading and investing. Brendan's LinkTree is https://linktr.ee/brendanbeeken.